If you have any significant discussions with the religious, one thing that will smack you in the face is the anti-intellectual nature of religion. It doesn’t matter if the theist is the most evangelical or the most liberal, they not only don’t care about the intellect, they actively campaign against it when it comes to their religious beliefs.
These are people who are terrified of the human brain and its capacity to see through their nonsensical beliefs. As with everything else wrong in this world, they care about feels over reals. They want to feel good, whether or not what they believe in makes any sense at all.
And it doesn’t matter if they are smart the rest of the time, the fact remains that they are downright stupid with regard to their religious faith. That’s one argument that I see all the time from the religious. “But he’s so smart!” Smart is not a universal position. You can be smart on some things and downright idiotic on others. I’ll bet when you look at their conduct on religion, they are not being smart. They are not being rational. They are not being logical or reasonable. They are being non-intellectual, and perhaps anti-intellectual because you simply cannot hold those beliefs otherwise.
I know I keep going back to this idea, that being overly-emotional is the cause of most of our problems, but I can’t see any way around it. Every single awful thing out there is brought about by people who would rather feel than think. Every single solitary one of them. By all means, if you can point out anything terrible that has been brought about by too much thinking, let me know. I don’t think you can do it.
In the end, we’re stuck with idiots with too many emotions and not enough brains causing endless harm to this planet. As I told VJack, I am not satisfied to let these people harm society and the very existence of their beliefs is harmful by its very nature. When you’re pushing for emotion over reality, that is harm. But what can we do about it? That’s something I don’t know yet.